Planning a trip to Argentina

Argentina is one of my favorite places so far in the world. The country is so vast and like the United States, you can find everything in the 2nd largest country in South America. The only difference is that Argentina is much more compact and it has something the U.S doesn’t have, the gateway to Antarctica. There aren’t too many countries in the world where you can truly find everything.

When To Go:

Because Argentina is so vast it really depends on what and where you want to go. Avoid the North in the winter (Dec, Jan, Feb), Buenos Aires and even the Iguazu Falls have been described as hell on Earth by locals because of the heat. Patagonia is massive and the further South you travel the weather gets more and more unpredictable. In Ushuaia for example, the weather changes every 15 minutes. November is when the penguins start to hatch and also the beginning of Antarctica high season. To see the best side of all the Argentina tourist attractions make sure to travel to the North in the spring and South in the winter or fall.

Getting Around:

This is where it gets chaotic. The economy in Argentina is in the pits and inflation is rampant throughout the entire country. If you are traveling via air make sure to have enough time to get by the monthly strikes with the airline companies. Best way to travel is via Bus, you can have a first class experience for a cheaper fare.

 

Argentina recently instituted an extra tax so it isn’t that much cheaper. Its more to avoid aggravation at the airports since the bus system in Argentina is the most efficient thing in the country. They have just set plans to build the first high speed rail system to connect the 3 largest cities in the country

 

Eating:

It isn’t as cheap as you would think but there are way to save money. Empanadas are always a cheap bet and you can get tostados (very primitive sandwich) for very cheap. If you are going to eat out look for the sausages and some of the meat. Argentina is the 2nd highest consumer of meat in the world and there are always cheap meat options on the menu.

Accommodation:

While I was doing my research for living in Buenos Aires I found that is ridiculous cheap to rent an apartment in the city instead of staying at a hostel or a hotel. Outside of Buenos Aires you can find great couch surfing opportunities and great Hostels as well. You can sign up with Hostelling International to get great discounts on both tours and rooms alike.

 

Misc:

If you are traveling to Salta or Puerto Madryn, I highly recommend that you rent a car. If you split it with other travelers it comes out cheaper than the tours and you can really cut your time by more than half at each location. Be aware that car insurance in Argentina doesn’t cover roll overs or break ins, make sure to lock your doors and keep everything hidden.

 

Don’t bother visiting Ushuaia unless you are in the area or going to Antarctica. Its a pure tourist trap and you can do the same activities in Puerto Madryn, Bariloche, and Calafate.

 

Things You Have To Do:

Calafate – The Perito Moreno Glacier is absolutely incredible, more incredible than the most incredible places you have been. Really.

Iguazu Falls – Hands down one natural wonders of the world. How does Niagara compete with 275 waterfalls? 275!

Puerto Madryn – There is nothing like walking around close to a million penguins and diving with Sea Lions. The Galapagos Islands is the only place that comes close to being able to interact with animals.

 

Bio:

Marcello Arrambide has been working for freedom his entire life. He’s unlocked the secret through day trading and now wanders the world. Traveling the world for most of his life he has chosen to share with the world how easy it is to travel and live overseas with his travel site Wandering Trader’s Travels. He has visited over 30 countries on 4 different continents including the elusive Antarctica. You can also find him on twitter: @WanderingTradr and Facebook: WanderingTrader

4 Comments

  • Scott

    May 17, 2011

    I am looking forward to visiting Argentina probably more than any other spot in the world. thanks for the advice my man!

  • Sophie

    May 17, 2011

    I couldn’t agree more, empanadas are way to go for cheap fastfood in Argentina.

  • Leslie (Downtown Traveler)

    May 26, 2011

    Argentina is a beautiful country. Thanks for the tips!

  • Joya

    June 9, 2011

    Thanks for the tips! I was thinking about going to BA this year but maybe next and this is very helpful.

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